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Love takes hostages

31 May 2012

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.

Neal Neil Gaiman


6 Comments to “Love takes hostages”

  1. That’a “Neil” Gaiman right? I simply adore him and his logic. That’s why him and Amanda are perfect together.

  2. So awesome. Some of my favorite romance writers examine that brilliant, horrible pain of love. too. Romance – not for sissies! 🙂

  3. Yeah, that about covers it. Stupid ol’ love anyhow…

  4. And love, and love, and love.

    Cupid’s arrow is not a gift
    To be found under the tree
    wrapped in shiny tinsel
    and pretty smiles

    Erotic presents are not free
    No one is exempt from sorrow
    Always, always, always
    There is a price

    But who of us can resist
    That unexpected look
    eyes meeting across the room
    Falling into each other’s soul

    Love has no limits
    It’s not on sale
    When that arrow hits your heart
    You are dead and life begins.

    (my poem at
    http://yamabuki9.blogspot.com/2009/12/and-love-and-love-and-love.html )

  5. I can relate.

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